My father lives on a very cool street. He’s got a little place on a small lake. When I visit, I spend hours watching critters on and in the water.
And then I take a stroll down the road, because Dad has artist neighbors. The Ferros’ artwork decorates the street.
The Ferro home is chock full of art, almost all of it made by Tino and Carole. When Carole kindly gave me and Dad’s partner Judy a tour of the house, I couldn’t stop taking photographs. Every single inch of space contained something interesting and wildly creative.
The 1920’s home originally belonged to Tino’s parents.
They added on, sourcing materials from old buildings in the area that were being torn down. These ceiling beams came from a church.
They run a gallery, just a few miles away.
Sculptures adorn the outside lawns; here is only a sample.
Two of the couple’s offspring joined them to create the gallery. Ninety percent of the materials they use are recycled or pre-used. The Ferro family also produces smaller pieces, glass work, and paintings. Click on the thumbnail photos for a closer look.
I loved the female figures made of recycled metal strips from factory punches and stamps.
Tino and Carole worked and raised their family in Portugal from 1988-2008. Tino tells me Europeans still collect their art work.
The Ferros run a second gallery in North Carolina. I can only imagine what’s in that one. But I’m sure those neighbors love having Tino and Carole down the street!
NOTES:  For a similar post on sculpture, go to my earlier post Wine and Sculpture.  Contact info:
Frog Pond Studio (South)
Metal Scuptures, Furniture
58 Prairie Lane, St. Pauls, NC 28384
tel: 910 865 4998
cell 910 740 3749
Frog Pond Farm Folk Art Gallery (North)
5969 Rt. 281
Little York, NY 13087
tel: 607 749 6056
Photos Copyright © 2015 Jadi Campbell. All photographs can be enlarged by simply clicking on the images. Uwe’s photos of upstate New York and his photography may be viewed at viewpics.de.
13 thoughts on “Wildly Creative in Upstate NY: The Ferros of Little York”
Jadi, Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and pictures. We really appreciated your coming to visit us and hope to see you again when you come to NY to see your folks. Again, thank you~~~ Carole and Tino
Hi Carole and Tino, So glad you approve of my write-up on the two of you. It was a real pleasure to blog about you and your fabulous art. I will definitely look forward to seeing you again! —Jadi
What great neighbors, wish they lived next door to me!
They’re really nice people, too!
Oh, to have that kind of talent! I love their sense of whimsy 🙂
Sense of whimsy is the right way to describe their work. I think they have a lot of fun.
What a wonderful array of sculptures, and what a privilege to have been given a tour of their house. Your photographs certainly do them justice.
Glad you think my photos express the artwork. They are creative, interesting people. From the minute I met Tino and Carole I wanted to interview them. And once I saw the inside of the house, I knew I had to do a blog post.
A street and house of wonderful surprises. How cool!
They would have given the writers’ group a kazillion new story ideas.
Love seeing these pieces. A real treasure trove of creativity. Thanks for posting these beauties.
The hardest part of this post was selecting which images to use – the Ferros’ home and studio are wall-to-wall wonderful pieces.